Sen. Reid calls for apology for plantation remark
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants an apology from a GOP House member and Senate candidate who says that Reid runs the Senate, quote, "like a plantation."
Reid says the comment by congressman Bill Cassidy of Louisiana is very insensitive and asks if Cassidy's been taking lessons from a former NBA owner, Donald Sterling, who made racist remarks.
Cassidy is challenging Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (LAN-drew) in the Nov. 4 election. The online publication Environment & Energy Daily reported his "plantation" remark on Tuesday.
Cassidy is defending the remark. In a statement, he says that Reid runs the Senate dictatorially by blocking votes he doesn't want, and he calls any other interpretation of his remarks, in his words, "a false controversy."
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
New Roads mayor resigns, pleads no contest to malfeasance charges
Flood victims approaching deadline to move out of FEMA trailers
1 dead, another hurt after attack in Ascension Thursday
'Mass illness' sickens hundreds after jambalaya fundraiser
Mayor announces crime-fighting collaboration with AmeriCorps